An architecturally significant building from the Fifties by Victor Gruen (the architect who invented the shopping mall), the owners wanted to retain the period character by filling it with classic mid-century pieces. ‘These houses are often furnished with Eames and Mies ven der Rohe, which is just too obvious. While the house, and the furniture I have used in it are historical, I never want the space to feel like a museum,’ he says. ‘I want to stay true to the period, but reframe it for today; the mood now is fresher, softer, more subtle and subdued.’
The concrete floors and exposed brick painted in white may create a cool warehouse feel but the nonchalantly styled books and pictures, as well as the texured bedding and soft throws keep the scheme from being sterile.
This bedroom has made us very excited about the UK store opening of Aussie homeware and lifestyle brand Sheridan. Head to the Kings Road flagship store ASAP and snap up this gorgeous Leander wild flowers bed linen.
ACCESSORIES Twentieth-century Ethiopian wooden pot, £350, from Bryan Reeves Tribal Gathering London. Iron and aluminium lamps, ‘Cloche’ (black), by Wrong for Hay, £189 each, from Do South Shop. Porcelain vase, ‘Shell’, by John Newdigate, £85, from The Conran Shop. Linen bedlinen, ‘Washed’ (chalk), from £48 for 2 pillowcases, from Larusi. Bedcover, ‘Garba’ (01), silk, £55 a metre, from Malabar; trimmed with ‘Palm Frond’ (lava black), by Mary McDonald for Schumacher, linen, 7cm wide, £88.20 a metre, from Turnell & Gigon. Raffia cloth cushions (top and at foot of bed), ‘Kuba’, £129 each, from The Conran Shop. Linen cushions with raffia trim, ‘Raphia’, £660 each, from Holland & Sherry.
Everyones saying these rooms look like hospital rooms, or rooms for little kids, or adult women maybey. But there not, maybey one or two of them are, but these rooms really would be great teen rooms. For people who could afford it, and have enough money to where they don’t have to be practical. So like i said before, these rooms are really neat, just not practical, or probably not even affordable.
A feature panel behind a bed always looks great, whether it’s a contrasting paint colour, a wallpaper or a picture wall. These shimmering mosaic fit perfectly with the girly, vintage inspired scheme.
Touches of blue introduce colour and pattern in the main bedroom of a divine Provençal house by Andrzej Zarzycki. These include the painted woodwork, patchwork bed cover and large painting by Sarah Pickstone.
Designer Jane Taylor has ingeniously incorporated storage into her small bedroom in Chelsea. Wardrobes and cupboards are concealed behind panelling made by Sympatico Joinery, which is painted in Zoffany’s ‘White Clay’, from £41 for 2.5 litres of emulsion. Shallow cubbyholes in the panelling next to the bed function as bedside tables.
Light green walls and a headboard in Colefax & Fowler’s ‘Evesham’ give this bedroom designed by Caroline Harrowby a fresh, floral look. Its eclectic style is made elegant with pretty curtains and a painted dressing table from the owners’ previous home.
In the daughter’s bedroom of a west London house, the ceiling has been painted to look like a circus tent, using Farrow & Ball’s ‘Rectory Red’ and Paint and Paper Library’s ‘Slate I’. The addition of a large basement extension to the house has freed up space on the upper floors for bright and capacious rooms, and a more fluid layout, ideal for family living.
Interior designer Ursula of Room to Bloom recommends creating a workspace with a fold-down desk, as it gives more floor space for play and sleepovers. To further enhance the illusion of space and make the most of the room’s limited light, Ursula opted for a white, Scandinavian-inspired colour scheme, which was in keeping with the rest of the house.